DC, in an effort to bring together anime and comics fans, introduced a line of toys featuring the girls of the DCU rendered in an anime style. The toys have been so popular that this Monday DC released a digital first line of comics by the same name: Ame-Comi.
The series will begin an over-arcing story, following Wonder Woman on a 3 episode plot; doing the same across books for Batgirl, Duela Dent, Power Girl, and Super Girl before bringing the series to a close. In an innovative experiment, these books are released online for only 99 cents and on Monday rather than Wednesday with it’s print counterpart. I believe these books are only being released online until their popularity can be gauged to see whether there is enough interest to warrant a single or tpb printing.
So how does this first issue stack up?
- Origin and continuity is not an issue; this whole world is a new collection of DC based characters off on their own anime styled adventures
- With the digital releases they are also pushing digital coloring. As you can see from the art above, the colors really pop, and the art is GREAT
- Did i mention the art was great? A little cartoony, lacking super definitive facial details, but maybe I was in a cartoony mood when I read this first issue because I kinda liked how it played out like a saturday morning serial
- The story is decent, rather simplified as it’s only 20 pages; but seems like a decent setup, I’ll tune into the next book.
- A great value; at 99 cents, this is a great buy!
- Inconsistent art: The images, while very good, are rather erratic; almost feeling like each scene was drawn by a different artist. Just check out the first and last panels.
- Dialogue: Unfortunately, along with a simple story you get a simple script. You wind up with a lot of preemptive parlance; describing in a text balloon either a duplicate of the action surrounding a scene or what could be more dramatically shown in a single panel. Maybe they’re trying to appeal to a younger audiance; but I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too. The cartoony feel I liked so much in the style also creeps into the substance, as that same simplicity is also evident in inter-character relationships.
Overall, you can’t beat the price for the content; and it’s a fun concept. The amalgamation of DCU and anime manages to borrow the best traits of each while avoiding a lot of the pitfalls. You get a great dose of familiar characters without being mired in continuity. You get some very cool anime styling without having to get too heady or read the book upside down.
You can purchase Ame-Comi Wonder Woman (or get a cover + 3 page preview) over at Comixology, DC’s official online distributor. It’s viewable online or thru an app available for all major smartphone platforms. I look forward to seeing how this series unfolds; and who knows, maybe I’ll pick up a few of the toys along the way!
Final Score: 7/10 Nips